Bombay HC Halts Friday Screening Of Netflix Docu-Series On Indrani Mukerjea

OB Bureau

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday halted the screening of docu-series, ‘The Indrani Mukerjea Story: The Buried Truth’, scheduled to premiere on streaming platform Netflix on Friday.

A division bench of Justice Revati Mohite Dere and Justice Manjusha Deshpande has instead asked the makers to hold a special screening of the series for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is investigating the Sheena Bora murder case.

The documentary is based on former media boss Indrani Mukerjea, accused orchestrating the murder of her 25-year-old daughter Sheena Bora in April 2012, along with her former driver Shyamvar Rai, and ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna. Peter Mukerjea, Indrani’s then-husband, is also accused in the case. Indrani Mukerjea and the other accused are currently out on bail.

The CBI had filed a petition in the high court, seeking a stay on its release till the trial in the case is complete.

Senior Advocate Ravi Kadam, appearing for Netflix, opposed the screening of the documentary, arguing that it would amount to pre-censorship. He also pointed out that there are already podcasts as well as two books on the case.

Kadam informed the court that five witnesses, including Indrani’s son Mikhail and daughter Vidhie Mukerjea from her second husband Peter Mukerjea, have been interviewed for the series. He further added that the CBI should have moved the court against the series earlier and not waited till the last moment.

The bench, however, said that the trial in the case is still on and statements of witnesses are still being recorded. “Why should CBI not be allowed to see the series. What is the difficulty in sharing the docu-series?” the bench asked while adding that the prosecution and victim in a case too have rights like the accused.

“It (release) can be deferred for a week… Heavens are not going to fall,” it added.

Following which, Kadam then made a statement to the bench that the docu-series would not be released on the streaming platform till the next hearing of the matter on February 29.

A Special Court had earlier rejected the CBI’s plea to stall the documentary series, citing a lack of legal provisions to direct the OTT platform to halt its release.






OB Bureau

Recent Posts

5 Dead As Kolkata-Bound Bus Falls Off Bridge In Odisha’s Jajpur; CM Announces Rs 3L Ex-Gratia

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 3 lakh each…

April 15, 2024

Sunrisers Hyderabad (287/3) Smash Own IPL Record; Check 5 Biggest Totals

Bengaluru: Nineteen days after amassing the highest ever total in IPL, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) surpassed…

April 15, 2024

40 Persons Injured As Bus On Way To Kolkata Falls Off Overbridge In Odisha’s Jajpur

Jajpur: At least 40 persons were reportedly injured after the bus carrying them fell off…

April 15, 2024

DGP Reviews Security Measures For Dual Polls In Odisha’s Malkangiri

Malkangiri: In order to ensure a free and fair elections, Director General of Police (DGP)…

April 15, 2024

Unconventional Sewage Treatment Plant Holds Promise For Farmers Of Gujarat’s Padra

Nandini Oza Vadodara: In just over three months, the production of ivy gourds in 65-year-old…

April 15, 2024

Electoral Bonds A Success Story, Everyone Will Regret Its Scrapping: PM Modi

New Delhi: The Supreme Court scrapped electoral bonds in a landmark decision two months ago, terming…

April 15, 2024

IndiGo Announces Daily Direct Flight From Jharsuguda To New Delhi From May 15: Know Schedule

Bhubaneswar: IndiGo has announced its daily direct flight services from Odisha's Jharsuguda to New Delhi…

April 15, 2024

Security Measures In Place For Rukuna Rath Yatra In Bhubaneswar Tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: The Commissionerate of Police has geared up with elaborate security arrangements for Ashokastami car…

April 15, 2024